IEI – visionary, revolutionary, idealistic, ideological. Dynamic, planning, analyzing. Ethical, emotional, Esenin.
The IEI, through their leading function Ni, or T, live through an analysis of time and trends. This makes their approach to change and reality highly dynamic, focusing on the change rather than the different states before and after. Rather than taking charge and leading this continuous change, they are analyzing it from the background. Instead of taking immediate action, since willpower and force is an aspect of their suggestive function, they work through Ni to pick out the perfect moment for this, picking the route with the least resistance. To help them with this, they have their favorite tool, Fe. With this tool, they are able to read, create and manipulate the atmosphere of a situation and sometimes even a person, to work for their agenda. This tool isn’t working by itself though. Since it’s the creative function, it works in tandem, or “merged” with the demonstrative one, Fi. This is very important, because contrasts from EIE. When trying to change the atmosphere in a group, rather than addressing the whole group at once, an IEI does this individually. They connect and work on each person, one by one.
The other two valued functions in an IEI, Ti and Se, lie in the super-id block. These two are functions they look favorably upon, but is painfully aware that they can’t provide themselves (less so with the hidden agenda, but we’ll get to that). Their dual-seeking function, Se, is possibly the most important function to understand a person of this type. It influences their Ni, and is the foundation to what they crave in life. It also decides their romance style, but again, we’ll get to that later. Dual-seeking Se means that, above most other things, they are in love with this function. However, they know how bad they are at it, that they cannot provide it by themselves. Because of this, they often surround themselves and are drawn to assertive people that are able to help them push towards their goal. Through their hidden agenda, a slightly stronger function, they strive with being better at, and places a great value at consistency in belief and ideology. Because of the weakness but aspiration in this function, they often choose an ideology which they subscribe and adhere to, rigidly and statically. When it comes to other people helping them with this, it’s highly valued, though not in the same quantity as dual-seeking. When external stimulation of this is too high, they get annoyed. However, if there is no stimulation, they’re able to provide some of this themselves, as with sticking to an ideology, though it’s still fairly basic in its use.
The strongest of the unvalued functions, the id, consists of Fi and Ne. For the IEI, this is an unconscious strength that they don’t give much credit or thought to, but still is present and shapes their life. Starting with Fi, their demonstrative function, like I said before, has a huge impact on differing them from other Fe-valuing types, in that it works together with Fe in a unique way. For them, this function is still very strong. Though their focus is on the energy state and atmosphere of a situation or person rather than how it impacts them or the relationship present, they are among the best at analyzing and understanding the latter. And while they don’t focus on Fi, their attention to anything related to Ne is even lower. Since this stands in direct opposition to their leading function, they ignore the external and objective potential and essence of things, in favor of how it relates to them, how it looks dynamically and applies in time. Though just as with the demonstrative function, it’s not a blind spot. It’s unconsciously scanning everything around the IEI, and when all else fails, they can resort to this function.
Their Achilles heel, the weakest spot in an IEI, is their super-ego. These are the same functions that their conflictor, the LSE, uses the most in their daily life. Starting with the lesser of two evils, their role function. When it comes to Si, the IEI has a very basic and normative, often static approach, where things are black and white. This can show in, among other things, a very simplistic but still “accurate” approach to health, such as “drink enough water”, “eat healthy” and “take vitamin supplements”. They often dismiss or forget about such things, only to suddenly remember them in a relaxed and calm situation. Now to the real vulnerable spot, the point of least resistance. This is the pimple in the middle of the forehead, the weakness they are aware of, but still annoys them just as much every time they’re reminded of. This is objectivity. Efficiency. Facts, knowledge. Dry, cold business. When exposed too much to this, mainly from LSE and LIE, this becomes an on-going headache.
Their romance style is called victim, or sometimes trophy. They want someone that can show assertiveness and strength, and since they’re often unsure of the other person’s feelings, and maybe even their own, they want someone who would take the lead, approach and conquer them. The nickname “trophy” narrows this down even more. The IEI sees themselves as a prize to be won, and waits for a conqueror to do just that.
Because of the combination of different valued elements in the IEI, they are revolutionary and visionary, looking to change society for the better of humanity. Valuing Se and Ni together makes them very likely to fight for a cause, while Fe and Ti, plus the aristocratic dichotomy, makes it focused on their group affiliation. This group affiliation is very important to them, and they always relate themselves as a part – or not a part of certain groups. While they are in one, it’s important to know which position they have, which place in the hierarchy and what influence they have.